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Conference

2023 Annual Bankruptcy Institute | Virtual


Total Credits: 7.0 MCLE, 2.0 Ethics, 1.0 Elimination of Bias

Practice Area:
Bankruptcy |  Elimination of Bias |  Ethics |  General Practice

Dates


Description

(Exact times are subject to change)

9-10:40 a.m. | Case law updates (please choose one)
Eastern District session:
Speakers: Adam G. Breeze
, Millsap & Singer LLC, St. Louis; Kathryn A. Klein, Riezman Berger PC, St. Louis; Wendell J. Sherk, Attorney at Law, St. Louis

Western District session:
Speakers: Andrea M. Chase, Spencer Fane LLP, Kansas City; and Jesse Langford, Licata Bankruptcy Firm, PC, Springfield 

10:40-10:55 a.m. | Break

10:55-11:45 a.m. | Chapter 13 updates and refreshers (please choose one)
Eastern District session:
Speakers: Kimber H. Baro
, Baro Law Firm, Florissant; Joshua M. Jones, U.S. Attorney’s Office, St. Louis; Joseph M. Wilson, Office of the Chapter 13 Bankruptcy Trustee for the Eastern District of Missouri, St. Louis

Western District session:
Speakers: Dana M. Estes, Office of the Chapter 13 Trustee, Kansas City; and Nicolette L. Robovsky, Reed Law, PC, Jefferson City

11:45 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | Lunch

12:30-1:20 p.m. | Elimination of bias (please choose one)
Eastern District session:
Speakers: E. Rebecca Case
, Stone, Leyton & Gershman, St. Louis; Hon. Kathy A. Surratt-States, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, St. Louis; Laura Toledo, Lathrop GPM LLP, St. Louis

Western District session:
Speaker: Christa B. Moss, United States Attorney's Office, Kansas City

1:20-1:35 p.m. | Break

1:35-2:25 p.m. | Business reorganization scenarios (please choose one)
Eastern District session:
Speakers: Robert E. Eggmann
, Carmoday MacDonald PC, Clayton; Hon. Brian C. Walsh, U.S. Bankruptcy Court. St. Louis; Daniel Wiggins, Morris Anderson & Associates Ltd., St. Louis

Western District session:
Speakers: Christopher T. Borniger, Office of the United States Trustee, Kansas City; and Sharon L. Stolte, Sandberg Phoenix & Von Gontard PC, Kansas City

2:25-2:40 p.m. | Break

2:40-3:30 p.m. | Stay relief issues (please choose one)
Eastern District session:
Speakers: Hon. Bonnie L. Clair
, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, St. Louis; Corrine E. Edwards, Walters & Edwards LLC, St. Louis; MaryAnn G. Black, Codilis, Moody & Circelli, PC, St. Charles

Western District session:
Speakers: Hon. Dennis R. Dow, U.S. Bankruptcy Court W.D. Missouri, Kansas City; Benjamin C. Struby, Lathrop GPM LLP, Kansas City; and Victor F. Weber, Merrick, Baker & Strauss, PC, Kansas City

3:30-3:45 p.m. | Break

3:45-4:35 p.m. | The sharing, splitting, unbundling, factoring, financing, bifurcation, and disclosure of attorney fees: Ethical ramifications and what you need to know (please choose one)
Eastern District session:
Speakers:
Seth A. Albin, Summers Compton Wells LLC, St. Louis; Joseph R.  Schlotzhauer, Department of Justice, U.S. Trustee, St. Louis

Western District session:
Speakers: Hon. Cynthia A. Norton, U.S. Bankruptcy Court W.D. Missouri, Kansas City; and Adam E. Miller, Office of the United States Trustee, Kansas City

4:35 p.m. | Adjourn

Speaker

Seth Albin's Profile

Seth Albin Related seminars and products

Summers Compton Wells, LLC


Seth Albin is a member of the law firm of Summers Compton Wells, LLC, where he focuses his practice on the areas of Bankruptcy, including representing individuals and businesses, Creditor’s Rights, Family Law, Enforcement and Collection of Judgments Secured Transactions, Arbitration, and Litigation. Seth currently serves as a Chapter 7 Bankruptcy Panel Trustee, a Chapter 12 Bankruptcy Panel Trustee and a Subchapter V Trustee for the Eastern District of Missouri as well as a panel arbitrator for United States Arbitration and Mediation. Seth has served as a Receiver, Special Master and as a Guardian Ad Litem in civil and domestic cases. Seth also volunteers for the St. Louis County Domestic Violence Court as a Special Prosecutor. Seth has lectured on topics such as the intersection of Bankruptcy and Family Law, Bankruptcy and Civil Litigation, Receiverships, Adoption, Enforcement and Collection of Judgments, Revised Article 9 of the Uniform Commercial Code and Arbitration Clauses in Commercial Transactions and is the co-author of Chapter 4 of the Missouri Bar Bankruptcy Practice Deskbook.


Kimber Baro's Profile

Kimber Baro Related seminars and products

Baro Law Firm


Kimber practiced family law for ten years and specialized in bankruptcy law for the last 20 years. She is a member of NACBA and licensed in the U.S. District Court for the EDMO, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit, and the Supreme Court of the United States.


MaryAnn Black's Profile

MaryAnn Black Related seminars and products

Codilis, Moody & Circelli, P.C.


MaryAnn Black has practiced in the consumer bankruptcy area for the last 15 years, first as a Debtors' attorney for consumers filing bankruptcy in the Eastern District of Missouri and now as a Creditors' attorney for mortgage lenders and servicers across Missouri and in the Southern District of Illinois.


Christopher Borniger's Profile

Christopher Borniger Related seminars and products

Office of the United States Trustee (U.S. Department of Justice)


Chris Borniger is a trial attorney with the U.S. Trustee’s Kansas City office. Before turning to law, Chris spent five years as an editor at The Dallas Morning News. He has a journalism degree from the University of Kansas and a law degree from the University of Texas at Austin.


Adam Breeze's Profile

Adam Breeze Related seminars and products

Millsap & Singer, LLC


Adam Breeze is a litigation and bankruptcy attorney with Millsap & Singer, LLC in its St. Louis office.  He has experience in all facets of civil litigation and has litigated bankruptcy issues for debtors, creditors, trustees, and interested parties in the 8th, 10th, 5th, 7th, and 11th federal judicial circuits and several state courts including but not limited to Missouri. 


E. Rebecca Case's Profile

E. Rebecca Case Related seminars and products

Stone, Leyton & Gershman


Ms. E. Rebecca Case is board certified by the American Board of Certification (ABC) in both business and consumer bankruptcy and, for the past 27 years, has served as a Chapter 7 bankruptcy panel trustee for the Eastern District of Missouri. Rebecca has been practicing law for more than 35 years representing debtors and creditors in Chapters 7, 11, 12 and 13. She has served as an examiner in Chapter 7 and 11 cases.  Rebecca is a member of the American Bankruptcy Institute’s Business Reorganization and Consumer Bankruptcy Committees. She received her B.S. from Baylor University in Waco, Texas, and her J.D. from Baylor University School of Law.


Andrea Chase's Profile

Andrea Chase Related seminars and products

Spencer Fane LLP


Andrea Chase represents secured and unsecured creditors and bankruptcy trustees in bankruptcy and non-bankruptcy insolvency proceedings such as receiverships and foreclosure proceedings, out of court workouts and restructurings, and other related insolvency matters.

Andrea graduated with highest distinction from the University of Iowa College of Law. During law school, she externed for Chief Judge Thad Collins of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Iowa. She also served as a Managing Editor for the Iowa Law Review, was a member of the Pro Bono Society, and earned a Boyd Service Award. Andrea received her bachelor’s degree, summa cum laude, in Business Administration and Government & International Affairs from Augustana College.

Andrea is involved in multiple bankruptcy organizations. She currently serves on the advisory board for the Midwestern Bankruptcy Institute, an annual program jointly sponsored by the American Bankruptcy Institute and the University of Missouri-Kansas City. Andrea also serves on the board of the Kansas City Bankruptcy Bar Association.


Hon. Bonnie Clair's Profile

Hon. Bonnie Clair Related seminars and products

United States Bankruptcy Court, Eastern District of Missouri


Judge Bonnie L. Clair sits on the bench of the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Missouri. Judge Clair previously spent many years in private practice representing creditors and debtors in bankruptcy, commercial, and consumer finance matters; she also spent time in-house at a large financial institution and served in the Attorney General’s Honors Program of the United States Department of Justice as an attorney with the Office of the United States Trustee.

Judge Clair currently serves on the Conference News and Elections Committees of the National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges. Before taking the bench, she served on the Region X Disciplinary Committee for the Missouri Bar, mediated and investigated proceedings for the Missouri Bar’s Fee Dispute Resolution Committee, and contributed to the American Bankruptcy Institute’s Seventh Circuit Volo updates. However, no one wants to talk about any of that once they find out that she was on Jeopardy! in 2006 and Who Wants to be a Millionaire? in 2002. 

Judge Clair received her law degree from Washington University School of Law in St. Louis, where she was an articles editor for the Journal of Urban and Contemporary Law (now the Journal of Law & Policy) and a national competitor in the New York City Bar Moot Court Competition. She received her undergraduate degree from Duke University, where she served on the editorial and business boards of The Chronicle, debated varsity and camped in “Tent 2” in the Krzyzewskiville line during the 1989-1990 basketball season.


Hon. Dennis Dow's Profile

Hon. Dennis Dow Related seminars and products

United States Bankruptcy Court, W.D.


Judge Dow was appointed a United States Bankruptcy Judge for the Western District of Missouri by the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals on November 10, 2003.

Prior to joining the bench, Judge Dow was a partner with the firm of Shook, Hardy & Bacon L.L.P. Judge Dow was listed in The Best Lawyers in America in the area of bankruptcy law continuously from 1995. 

Judge Dow is a member of the Missouri Bar, the Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association and the American Bankruptcy Institute.

Judge Dow is a fellow of the American College of Bankruptcy, inducted in March 2013 and was selected in November 2014 to become a conferee of the National Bankruptcy Conference.  

He is a member of the National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges.

He is Chief Judge of the Bankruptcy Appellate Panel.  He served a term as Chair of the Judicial Conference Advisory Committee on Bankruptcy Rules

Judge Dow received his B.A., with honors, from the University of Wyoming in 1975 and his J.D. in 1978 from Washburn University School of Law, where he was Notes Editor of the Washburn Law Journal.  


Corrine Edwards's Profile

Corrine Edwards Related seminars and products

Walters & Edwards, LLC


Corrine Edwards graduated from Washington University in St. Louis. She then obtained her law degree from St. Louis University. She then worked for two years as an assistant prosecuting attorney in Phelps County. Corrine returned to St. Louis to work in bankruptcy and open her law firm eight years ago.


Robert Eggmann's Profile

Robert Eggmann Related seminars and products

Carmody MacDonald P.C.


Robert E. Eggmann received his Bachelor of Arts from St. Louis University in 1986 and received his Juris Doctorate from St. Louis University School of Law in 1989. Mr. Eggmann is an attorney in the St. Louis, Missouri based law firm Carmody MacDonald P.C. Mr. Eggmann practices in the fields of bankruptcy, restructuring, creditor’s rights, commercial litigation and financial transactions. He has extensive experience in the field of the representation of Chapter 11 debtors and creditors’ committees. Mr. Eggmann also serves as a Chapter 7 panel trustee for the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Illinois and a Sub Chapter V trustee for the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Central District of Illinois. 


Dana Estes's Profile

Dana Estes Related seminars and products

Office of the Chapter 13 Trustee


Dana M. Estes has been a Staff Attorney for Richard V. Fink, the standing Chapter 13 Trustee for the Western District of Missouri since 2004. She received her undergraduate degree in Biology from William Jewell College in 1993 and her J.D. from Washington University School of Law in 1998.


Joshua Jones's Profile

Joshua Jones Related seminars and products

United States Attorney's Office


A native of St. Louis, Joshua attended Truman State University and the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law. After law school, Joshua spent two years working as a staff attorney for the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals before joining the Missouri Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Unit. While there, Joshua prosecuted civil and criminal cases of consumer and securities fraud. Eventually, Joshua was promoted to lead the Attorney General’s no-call and telemarketing fraud enforcement unit, where he successfully prosecuted the first ever trial under Missouri’s telemarketing statutes. In April 2015, Joshua joined the United States Attorney’s Office, Eastern District of Missouri. Joshua’s role includes all ranges of financial litigation matters, including representing the United States in bankruptcy proceedings, pursuing assets of defendants owing criminal restitution to crime victims, and defending the United States’ interests in general civil litigation. 


Kathryn A. Klein's Profile

Kathryn A. Klein Related seminars and products

Riezman Berger, P.C.


Kathy Klein has represented creditors in all aspects of bankruptcy since 1991, primarily consumer cases. Kathy practices in the bankruptcy courts of Missouri, Illinois, Wisconsin, Iowa, Kansas, Nebraska, Minnesota, Oklahoma, and North Dakota. She obtained her undergraduate degree from the University of Missouri and her law degree from Saint Louis University.

 


Jesse Langford's Profile

Jesse Langford Related seminars and products

Licata Bankruptcy Firm, PC


Jesse Langford has been a member of the Licata Bankruptcy Firm team since February 2016. Prior to moving to Springfield, he was born and raised in Kansas City, Missouri. Jesse attended undergraduate school at Missouri State University where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in History in 2007.
While going to school in Springfield he developed a love for the community in southwest Missouri. He served as community service chair of his fraternity and helped organize Missouri State’s inaugural Up Til’ Dawn event to raise awareness and funds for St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital. He also lucked into the most fortunate moment of his life when he met his wife.
Initially, he intended to teach secondary education, however realizing that teaching was not his calling he attended law school at the University of Missouri – Kansas City and graduated in 2012. Subsequently, he established his own firm in Liberty, Missouri and began a general practice. In that time Jesse handled a variety of cases ranging from minor property disputes to wrongful death claims.
He moved to Springfield in 2014 and continued as a general practitioner with an emphasis on bankruptcy. Jesse believes that his wealth of experience in multiple areas of law has been instrumental to his ability to properly guide his clients through the bankruptcy process. He would describe his favorite part of being a personal bankruptcy attorney in Springfield Missouri as having a client leave his office after a consultation and witnessing the feeling of relief on their face knowing that there is light at the end of the tunnel regarding their financial issues.
In his free time, he enjoys playing in his backyard with his sons, reading, and doing projects around the house. Being a native son of Kansas City, Jesse is also a die-hard Kansas City sports fan as well as a passionate fan of his Missouri State Bears.

 


Adam Miller's Profile

Adam Miller Related seminars and products

Office of the United States Trustee


Adam E. Miller has been a trial attorney with the Office of the United States Trustee in Kansas City, Missouri since 2007 where he is involved in administering and litigating cases under all Chapters of the Bankruptcy Code.  Previously, he served on detail in the Office of General Counsel for the Executive Office of United States Trustees where he advised program leadership and field offices on numerous issues of bankruptcy law.  Currently, he serves on the program’s working group responsible for supervising the collateralization and safekeeping of more than $3 billion in bankruptcy estate assets. 

Before joining the United States Trustee Program, he was in private practice with the consumer bankruptcy firm of Morgan, Allen and King in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, and clerked for the Hon. Yvonne Kauger on the Oklahoma Supreme Court.  He has a B.A. degree from Oklahoma State University; a J.D. degree from Oklahoma City University (summa cum laude) where he served as the Acting Managing Editor of the Oklahoma City University Law Review; and an LL.M. degree from the Morin Center for Banking and Financial Law at the Boston University School of Law where he served as the Graduate Editor of the Review of Banking and Financial Law.  He is a member of the bars of the state of Oklahoma and Missouri; the U.S. Courts of Appeal for the 8th and 10th Circuits and the United States Supreme Court and also serves as an Adjunct Professor of Law at the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law where he teaches classes in Bankruptcy and Banking Law.


Christa Moss's Profile

Christa Moss Related seminars and products

United States Attorney's Office


Christa Moss, Missouri Bar Board of Governor for the Southern District, lives in Springfield, Missouri. She currently serves as a Civil Assistant United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri.  She was formerly a law Clerk for the Federal Chief Magistrate Judge, David Rush, as well as a civil defense litigator in a mid-size firm and an Assistant City Attorney for the Kansas City, Missouri City Attorney's Office. Christa and her husband Maurice met at and received Bachelors degrees from Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, Ok. Christa earned her J.D. from the College of William and Mary in 2012. Both Maurice and Christa are alumni of the Missouri Bar Leadership program and are actively involved in the state and local bars as well as community activities, serving on a number of boards and task forces. They are currently living their best stay at home pandemic life with their three year old James and their dog Jax. 

 


Hon. Cynthia Norton's Profile

Hon. Cynthia Norton Related seminars and products

United States Courthouse


Judge Cynthia A. Norton practiced bankruptcy law in Kansas and Missouri before being appointed as a bankruptcy judge for the W.D. of Missouri effective February 1, 2013. Judge Norton has received awards for her contributions to CLE and is a Fellow in the American College of Bankruptcy. 



Joseph Schlotzhauer's Profile

Joseph Schlotzhauer Related seminars and products

Department of Justice, United States Trustee


Wendell Sherk's Profile

Wendell Sherk Related seminars and products

Attorney At Law


Mr. Wendell J. Sherk is an attorney in St. Louis, practicing primarily in consumer bankruptcy and debtor representation. He graduated from Washington University in 1986 and Washington University School of Law in 1989. He is a principal of the firm Sherk & Swope, LLC as well as a member of the National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys, American Bankruptcy Institute, the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis, and The Missouri Bar. 


Sharon Stolte's Profile

Sharon Stolte Related seminars and products

Sandberg Phonix & Von Gontard P.C.


A business typically reorganizes for one of two reasons: To improve efficiency or to increase revenue. Business reorganization, then, refers to any change to a company’s external/internal or departmental structure aimed at one or both of these objectives.


Benjamin Struby's Profile

Benjamin Struby Related seminars and products

Lathrop GPM LLP


Ben Struby is a litigation attorney who focuses his practice on bankruptcy, restructuring and creditors’ rights. Ben represents clients in the matter areas of title insurance claims, breach of contract, suits on note, collections, tax sales, lien priority, condemnation/eminent domain, residential and commercial evictions and commercial real estate purchases. More specifically, he has represented creditors in Chapter 7, 11 and 13 Bankruptcy proceedings, as well as assist clients with sales and rental managements of foreclosed properties. In addition, Ben assists loan servicing clients develop and implement compliance policies and procedures.

Ben has served as a member of the Attorney Advisory Committee for the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Missouri.


Hon. Kathy Surratt-States's Profile

Hon. Kathy Surratt-States Related seminars and products

US Bankruptcy Court


Judge Surratt-States was sworn in as U.S. Bankruptcy Judge for the Eastern District of Missouri on March 17, 2003 and appointed Chief Judge on February 1, 2013.

Judge Surratt-States received her B.A., cum laude, from Oklahoma City University and her J.D. from Washington University School of Law in St. Louis.


Laura Toledo's Profile

Laura Toledo Related seminars and products

Lathrop GPM LLP


Laura Toledo primarily focuses her practice on bankruptcy and creditors’ rights matters. She has successfully represented business debtors in Chapter 11 bankruptcies and out-of-bankruptcy restructurings, as well as Chapter 7 trustees, committees of unsecured creditors, disbursing agents, and a liquidating trustee. Laura also represents creditors, including landlords, lessors and secured creditors in Chapter 11 and in commercial litigation. She also represents banks and financial institutions in loan workouts and in pursuing collection remedies.

Previously, Laura has served as an Attorney Advisor for the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission and as a Staff Attorney for the U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit.


Brian Walsh Related seminars and products

United States Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Missouri


Victor Weber Related seminars and products

Merrick, Baker & Strauss, PC


Daniel Wiggins's Profile

Daniel Wiggins Related seminars and products

Morris Anderson & Associates Ltd


Daniel Wiggins is a Principal at MorrisAnderson with notable turnaround and transaction experience. In building value for his clients Daniel focuses on enhancing stakeholder relationships that optimize business continuity and he frequently leads negotiations with clients’ key suppliers, customers, and lenders – particularly during restructuring initiatives. An additional focus of Daniel’s engagements is mentoring management and developing strategies during times while the company may be operating outside its normal course of business.


Joseph Wilson Related seminars and products

Office of the Chapter 13 Bankruptcy Trustee for the Eastern District of Missouri


Joseph Wilson graduated summa cum laude from the University of Missouri-St. Louis in 1999 with a B.A. in Psychology. Mr. Wilson went on to earn his J.D. from the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law in 2002. From 2003 to 2004, Mr. Wilson represented Debtors in chapter 7 and chapter 13 bankruptcy cases in the Eastern District of Missouri. Since joining the Chapter 13 Trustee’s office in 2004, Mr. Wilson has represented the Chapter 13 Trustee in the administration of chapter 13 bankruptcy cases as well as appeals to the Bankruptcy Appellate Panel and the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals. 


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